Materials Needed

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Tools Needed

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  • 10 ga self-tapping wood screws between 3″ and 4″ in length.
    • We need 16 for each bed.
    • Different diameter screws are OK, but the fender washers must match, so the head of the screw doesn’t pull itself through the washer when being attached.
  • Fender washers (pictures above)
    • The holes must be large enough for the long screws, above.
    • The holes should not be too big for the screw; the head should not be able to pass through the hole, even when using a power tool to drive the screw.
    • The outside diameter must be at 1″ and 1-1/2″.
  • #12 wood or sheet metal screws between 1″ and 1-1/2″ in length
    • Need 32 for the corners of each bed, PLUS
    • Need 4 more for each 4′ of bed length beyond the first 4′. So, a 12′ bed needs two sets on each side.
  • 1-1/2″ PVC 40 pipe (hard plastic, white)
    • These will be cut into equal segments about 6″ longer than the height of the planks.
    • The pipe comes in 10′ lengths.
    • We need 4 segments for each 4′ of bed length, plus 4 more for one end of the bed.
  • Plumbers’ strapping
    • These are cut into 9″ and 10″ inch segments.
    • We need four 10″ segments for each 4′ of bed length.
    • We need four more 10″ segments for one of the ends of the bed. (The other end is counted in the previous statement above.)
    • We need eight 9″ segments for the corners of bed (two per corner).

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Prepare the Location

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